Alere Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
131 Reviews
2.5
131 Reviews
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home so you don't have to face the people making your work life horrible (in 16 reviews)

  • The company is also very flexible about working from home, which adds greatly to achieving a work/life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode (in 6 reviews)

  • Awful health benefits, basically emergency coverage even for the more expensive plans (in 5 reviews)

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    Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is great, and working working remote is even better

    Cons

    over worked, no management leadership pulled in 10 different directions without any direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up and stop pointing the finger and ask how you can make things better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult work experience due to problematic management.

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    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager
    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager

    I have been working at Alere full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I work from home which is great and people are friendly.

    Cons

    Severe micro management. Direct supervisor difficult to work with, constant criticism and very little positive feedback. Highly critical environment. Previous positions have been higher stress but less micromanagement. Regular fear of layoffs is highly stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employees to do their jobs as they are professionals. Positive feedback is crucial to a satisfied employee. Be more transparent when layoffs are impending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good intentions, Poor execution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Alere full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good ideas and talented people. Can do attitude.

    Cons

    Below average pay and benefit. More and more political. Poorly integrated. Unproven strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    More layoffs than you can shake a stick at.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Alere full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lax dress code - jeans environment
    Work from home
    Wellness programs

    Cons

    Terrible organizational culture
    Quarterly stealth layoffs
    Overworked and under appreciated
    Terrible management
    Very top - heavy organization
    Brain drain - lots of great people are leaving
    Ever - reducing health benefits; high premiums
    High corporate management turnover
    Activist investors
    Decreasing health improvement client base - constant fear of being sold due to loss of contracts
    Micromanaging at its finest
    2 percent salary increases
    No 401(k) match
    No job security - constantly in fear of being laid off
    Poor communication from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost and will continue to lose great people. The environment that you create is caustic and oppressive. You have great people that you do not cultivate. For many, the only way to move up is to move out. It's endemic in this organization.

    I am fearful of Alere's prospects, especially on the health management side. Your customer service operation is a joke and you will continue to lose clients if your practice is to hire low - wage contractors to interact with your clients' members. They are not properly trained and it shows.

    The direction of Alere seems rudderless. The CEO and COO are all over the place and the deception and obfuscation about the state of the company is apparent and the town halls do nothing to mask how poorly the company is doing. In fact, they make it more apparent.

    It goes without saying that Alere is not a meritocracy. The capable get shafted and the cunning are rewarded - this is probably not unique to Alere, but should be noted.

    I worked for Alere a little over three years - saw about 3 or 4 division presidents and 3 division CEOs. Get what I'm saying? There is no job stability, career growth and the stealth layoffs are completely demoralizing. To boot, there are no announcements - one moment the person you regularly work with will just stop replying to business emails, it's only when you look in the directory or call them that you realize they are gone. Alere has a culture which finds this completely acceptable. A contributing factor to why the company is in decline.

    This is a dying company. I predict whole divisions will be sold or phased out. If you can help it start your career with a competitor - Humana, United Healthcare, Healthways, etc. Not only are the starting salaries generally below market value, you only get pay increases of 2 percent. This is standard across the board no matter your marks and there us NO 401(k) match. Just look elsewhere.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Foot in the Door Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    The company is always trying to create a better environment for their workers. The leads and supervisors are very nice, and always try to listen to your concerns. I have grown considerably by being proactive within the department and the opportunities given to be my supervisor.

    Cons

    The company itself is going through its phases with their temps. There has been numerous of layoffs that have caused the dissatisfaction among the employees. The opportunities for promotions are limited. Pay is not competitive at all.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, Underpaid, Forced Overtime

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    Current Employee - Extractionist  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Extractionist in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Alere full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good place to get experience since they hire people fresh out of college. The work is easy, just tedious and time consuming. As much overtime as your heart desires.

    Cons

    Management turnover is horrible. There has been 4 different managers in under 2 years and every time a new manager comes in they make new rules and try to fix problems they dont understand. Instead of hiring more extractionists they give you more work. In training they said you for 150 samples per 8 hours but instead they have people doing 250-300 samples a day. The company does whatever is best for them and does not really care about the employees. Recently every extractionist was forced to come in and work an extra day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forcing employees to work extra days is a fast way to lose half your staff! Hire more people and maybe you wont be so behind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you want to be treated terribly, this is the place to work!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working remotely - use that time to look for another job!!!!

    Cons

    Pay is way below market value
    Managers and VPs are horrible - treat everyone like dirt
    Managers will take credit for your work then blast you for the most mundane things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the multiple layers of VPs - too top heavy
    Compensate employees at market value - and a 2% raise is not motivation to stick around
    Coach managers and VPs on how to treat others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    The absolute worst company I have ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Alere full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is plenty of Overtime and free alcohol on Friday.

    Cons

    The engineers are a hard headed group of people. they do not want you to touch their equipment so they would rather you call them and and ask them what to do. Your input doesn't count so if you try to give any you are always wrong no matter what. there is no bonus and the health benefits are extremely expensive with a high deductible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your engineers to team up with technicians and work together. there is no way the engineers can do proper design work without the help of the technicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, little direction, boys club

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    high base salary, car allowance, good customer base

    Cons

    low commission, few internal promotions, burn out, integrating too many divisions...no one can be an expert at EVERYTHING....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanagement Central

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    Former Employee - Quit Coach  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Quit Coach in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Alere full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some leadership members are transparent and understanding.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Health benefits through group health are not even usable.

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